Jurgen Klopp has urged for ‘patience’ from his side as he anticipates an ‘intense’ final game as Liverpool take on Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Liverpool moved back into the Premier League’s top four with a 3-0 win over Burnley in midweek, climbing above Leicester ahead of the final round of fixtures this weekend.
Klopp’s side possess a superior goal difference to the fifth-placed Foxes and victory over Palace should be enough to secure Champions League qualification, providing Leicester don’t hammer Tottenham.
Despite that, Klopp is expecting a difficult challenge from the visiting Eagles however, in what promises to be a tense final day, and says his side must not lose ‘patience’ as they seek a vital result in front of the returning fans at Anfield.
“I cannot remember a season where it [Champions League qualification] didn’t go down to the wire,” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference.
“I’m used to stress until the last match day. We have just had to find stability and create confidence again, scoring goals and conceding fewer.
“We have to fight for it and I respect Crystal Palace too much. I’m pretty sure they will give everything for Roy [Hodgson] in his last game. It will still be a tough cookie.
“Obviously we have supporters back. I would like to welcome them back and you cannot imagine how excited I am at seeing them again. But with all the excitement, we cannot lose patience. We need the best support, like we had when we left for each other.
“I have loved this game for as long as I can think, but it was always about the supporters. We all need support in our life, if it is positive criticism or a boost, we all need it.
“Especially in football as it is a game based on emotion. We have been alone and getting 10,000 of them back is the best news I can imagine.
“It will be an intense game.”